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MTV Shuga: Fusing HIV messaging with entertainment to help fight AIDS to the finish

When I was growing up, asking questions about anything sex related was not exactly encouraged. Those conversations were left whispered amongst giggling seniors at boarding school dormitories, where the more ‘aware’ girls weaved tales for the wide-eyed naive ones. Our parents did not even want to hear the word. Given that reality, the thought of asking […]

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Dear President Buhari, honour the 2001 Abuja declaration and deliver a genuinely Pro-Poor 2016 Budget

Editor: On the 19th of December 2015, we at Nigeria Health Watch joined the ONE Campaign and 24 other Non-Governmental Organisations in writing a letter to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on health and the associated budget currently going through the legislature. The letter was delivered to the Presidency, the leadership of the Senate […]

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Nigeria Health Watch: Our Continuing Promise in 2016

For each day that we have been on this journey, to put health front and centre of the political agenda in Nigeria, we have done so with a great sense of responsibility to the people that we serve – the Nigerian people. It is a responsibility that we take extremely seriously and one to which […]

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Professor Eyitayo Lambo’s ‘Tour de Force’ and Call to Action

On December 9th 2015, we gathered in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, for the first Public Service Lecture of the Nigerian Primary Health Care Development Agency.  Despite starting three hours behind schedule, we waited. There were two primary reasons for this patience: firstly Professor Eyitayo Lambo belongs to an extremely small group of leaders in the […]

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#SaveMirabel: Lagos’ only Rape and Sexual Assault Referral Centre fighting to keep its doors open

The only comprehensive rape and sexual assault referral centre in Lagos, the Mirabel Centre, is facing the potential of its doors closing next year, as project funding from DFID comes to an end. Today, Dec. 8, the Centre will hold a “Friends of Mirabel” Dinner in Victoria Island, Lagos, as it fights to survive… so […]

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Time to engage with mental health care in Nigeria

Enyi Anosike is a Public Mental Health professional, and a trustee of the Public Health Foundation of Nigeria. He writes this special piece on mental health in Nigeria on behalf of the Foundation. Nneka is known to everyone in the neighbourhood, but is hardly seen. Her family keeps her well hidden from the public, uncertain […]

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HIV elimination goals and the reality of living with HIV in Nigeria

Today is World AIDS day 2015. All over the media in Nigeria, there have been reports on the new goal of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) to “eliminate” AIDS in Nigeria by 2030. As there is no cure for AIDS, only treatment, the goal that NACA actually set was to reduce […]

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Before the SDGs, how did Nigeria really do with the MDGs?

In August 2015, reports emerged in the Nigerian press that “Nigeria had attained the Millennium Development Goals”.  The article below quoted the Secretary of Programmes in the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Mr. Ogenyi Ochapa, verbatim, with no critical commentary on the validity of his statement, which boldly declared: […]

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Cancer treatment in Nigeria – time for a paradigm shift?

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You may have noticed the pink fests in many Nigerian cities. Yet, beyond all the pink is deep anxiety, that if one does get cancer in Nigeria, your chances are indeed very bleak. With all the pink in town, we saw or heard very little in terms of concrete steps […]

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One year later, 5 most important lessons from the Nigerian Ebola response

On October 20 2014, almost exactly one year ago, the World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola free, 42 days after the last known case had occurred. At the time the world was in the grip of one of the largest and most terrifying public health disasters in generations. While not completely over, there are signs […]

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Health Watch Forum opens with a celebration of Nigerian heroes

In September 2014, the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone was getting worse by the day.  Nigeria had managed to successfully control an outbreak at home, but the rest of the continent was on edge and anxiety was sky high, especially following the few cases that had occurred in the West. Some projections […]

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Is school feeding a “game changer” for Nigerian children?

Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s recent announcement that the Buhari administration plans to revive the school feeding programme across public schools in the country has met with its share of public debate and conjecture. Osinbajo has been repeatedly quoted as saying that the “one meal a day” school feeding program being proposed by the Nigerian […]

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Special Announcement: Introducing the “Health Leadership Academy”

The Health Leadership Academy has a bold vision to transform healthcare in Africa by developing a generation of healthcare leaders who will excel in governance and provision of quality services. Its programmes will enable healthcare leaders and policymakers to expand into their roles, transform organisational cultures and create an enduring impact on health sector strengthening. […]

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It’s time for Nigeria to provide better care for children born with heart defects

Editor: One paediatric intensivist’s return home to Nigeria highlights the efforts of organizations working to provide cardiac surgery care for children born with congenital heart defects, and the need for Nigeria to improve its paediatric cardiac surgery capacity. By Dr. Bunmi Ode Just under one percent of all children in every population around the world […]